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6/22/2018

The BBC is not just one of the most trusted news sources in the US -- it is also the fastest-growing online news service, per comScore data. Unique visitors to the BBC's websites have grown by over 50% year-over-year, topping news outlets such as NYPostNetwork, tronc and CNN, the data show.

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6/22/2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 68. Krauthammer wrote a farewell column this month in which he told readers he had weeks to live and expressed his satisfaction with the life he had led, noting, "I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended."

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6/22/2018

The telecommunications services sector is getting a name change on Wall Street to communications services, and S&P 500 companies including Facebook, Netflix and Alphabet will be moved into the renamed category. The change is expected to draw investments to the sector.

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Facebook, Netflix
6/22/2018

AT&T's sports-free over-the-top streaming service, WatchTV, is a smart move, says Dan Rayburn of Frost & Sullivan, coming in as the cheapest OTT service on the market. The streaming service allows AT&T to use video to sell higher-margin wireless bundles, and it's a relatively low-cost venture since the company already owns the content, Rayburn adds.

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6/22/2018

5TONIC, a Spanish research lab, is identifying applications and uses for 5G technology, including virtual and augmented reality at trade shows and communication between wearable technology devices. "There's a lack of understanding among enterprises about what 5G could do for them," said Patrick Lopez, a vice president at Telefonica, which co-founded the lab.

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6/22/2018

Open-level control plane architecture can scale software-defined networks during high traffic times, speeding discovery without the need to change software or hardware. A 22-computer test revealed that the architecture speeds discovery time by 55.2%.

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PhysOrg/News release
6/21/2018

AT&T has unveiled its Watch TV service, a streaming TV offering that will feature a lineup of 31 TV networks and a library of 15,000 on-demand TV show episodes and movies. The service costs $15 per month, but it will be available at no cost to qualifying wireless subscribers.

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Variety
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6/21/2018

Apple has teamed up with Sesame Workshop to create a lineup of children's programming. Under the deal, Sesame Workshop will create new live-action and animated content, as well as a puppet series, for Apple platforms.

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Deadline Hollywood
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6/21/2018

The Federal Communications Commission will review children's programming requirements after broadcasters called for the commission to reconsider regulations. The review will kick off during the FCC's July 12 meeting, but changes will not be made until a vote is held at a later time, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai confirmed in a blog post.

6/21/2018

AM/FM radio accounted for 47% of audio listening time among listeners age 18 or older in the first quarter, an Edison Research study states. While AM/FM's share has remained relatively steady, the study also revealed that podcasts and streaming services are on the rise.

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Radio World